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Sme pripravení na revolúciu v preškoľovaní? Automatizácia mení spôsob práce aj potrebné zručnosti
Technologické zmeny môže viesť ku kvalitnejšiemu životu a k lepšej práci, ale aj k rastu nerovnosti a polarizácie. Pokiaľ proces zmien a preškoľovania ponecháme v rukách súkromných spoločností, dotkne sa iba tretiny vyššie postavených zamestnancov, tvrdí Svetové ekonomické fórum.

V označovaní trvanlivosti potravín je Slovensko výnimočne prísne
Označenie minimálnej trvanlivosti nemožno podľa európskej legislatívy úplne zrušiť. Národná legislatíva však môže povoliť predaj potravín aj po jeho uplynutí.

Zmätok v nových copyrightových pravidlách na internete? Čo by priniesli? (INFOGRAFIKA)
Aké by boli výhody a nevýhody novej celoeurópskej legislatívy o autorských právach? Ktoré otázky vzbudzujú najviac nevôle a čo bude nasledovať?

Europoslanci k eurofondom po roku 2020: Na solidarite šetriť nemôžeme
Európsky parlament v rokovaniach s Komisiou a členskými štátmi odmietne navrhované podmieňovanie čerpania eurofondov dodržiavaním rozpočtových pravidiel EÚ. 

eKasa prichádza na Slovensko [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA / Od 1. apríla vstúpi do platnosti nová povinnosť pre podnikateľov vo forme eKasy s online pripojením do systému finančnej správy. Štátu má priniesť zvýšenie transparentnosti výberu daní a podnikateľom zjednodušenie komunikácie so štátom a potenciál pre inovácie.

Europarlament odobril kontrolované využívanie marihuany na liečebné účely
Poslanci Európskeho parlamentu vyzvali členské štáty EÚ, aby plne využili potenciál liekov na báze marihuany a odstránili prekážky, ktoré bránia ďalšiemu vedeckému výskumu v tejto oblasti.

Tesco dáva zbohom nerecyklovateľným plastovým obalom [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA / Ako jeden z celosvetových lídrov v oblasti maloobchodu si spoločnosť Tesco uvedomuje svoju zodpovednosť pri ochrane životného prostredia. Na Retail Summite v Prahe oznámilo svoj záväzok v oblasti znižovania objemu plastových obalov v rámci svojho podnikania.

Spotreba energií na Slovensku rekordne rástla. Ako zareaguje zodpovedné ministerstvo hospodárstva?
Spotreba energie v budovách sa výrazne zvýši v dôsledku masívneho rozšírenia chladiacich systémov. Budú za tým extrémne vysoké teploty a dlhé obdobia horúčav v kombinácii s rastúcou kúpyschopnosťou obyvateľov, píše PETER ROBL.

Budú internetové platformy kontrolovať všetko, čo zverejníme? Rozhodnú o tom europoslanci
Iniciatíva #SaveYourInternet zvoláva protesty, malé podniky sú zaskočené, asociácie autorov oslavujú. Podľa textu smernice si v krátkej dobe budú musieť komerčné weby zaobstarať licenciu s každým autorom, ktorého text, fotku, či video zverejnia.

Najväčšia slovenská konferencia o živote bez odpadu [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA / Siedmeho apríla sa v Bratislave po druhýkrát uskutoční celodenná konferencia o živote bez odpadu „Slovakia Going Zero Waste“, ktorá má za cieľ nasmerovať Slovensko k udržateľnejšiemu spôsobu fungovania a zníženiu množstva vyprodukovaného odpadu.

Európske noviny

KDH zverejnilo kandidátku do eurovolieb, povedie ju Ivan Štefanec

Podľa lídra kandidátky do eurovolieb, Ivana Štefanca chce KDH silné Slovensko v Európe. „Je mi cťou viesť kandidátku do eurovolieb, cítim odhodlanie ale aj zodpovednosť a cítim aj radosť, pretože máme skvelých a silných kandidátov, ktorí majú za sebou silný príbeh a každý je odborníkom vo svojej oblasti. Chceme sa zamerať na prinášanie lepšej práce do našich regiónov …

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Vladimír Maňka: Väčšina Slovenska nedosahuje priemer EÚ, potrebné sú ďalšie peniaze na vyrovnávanie rozdielov

BRATISLAVA / Drvivá väčšina Slovenska stále nedosahuje priemer Európskej únie, a preto potrebuje ďalšie peniaze na vyrovnávanie rozdielov. A netýka sa to len Slovenska. V Európskom parlamente sa ozývajú najmä členské krajiny z východnej Európy, aby sa dlhoročný rozpočet neznižoval. Vyrovnávanie regionálnych rozdielov musí mať aj naďalej prioritu v Európskej únii. Europoslanci preto navrhujú zvýšenie rozpočtu. …

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Čo nové vo svete? Prinášame vám prehľad uplynulého 6. týždňa 2019

EURÓPSKA KOMISIA MINULÝ TÝŽDEŇ PREDSTAVILA HORŠIU PROGNÓZU EUROZÓNA: EK minulý týždeň predstavila novú prognózu, v ktorej výrazne zhoršila svoj výhľad rastu európskej ekonomiky. Po novom by tak hospodárstvo eurozóny malo tento rok vzrásť „len“ o 1,3 % [v predchádzajúcej prognóze EK očakávala rast o 1,9 %]. Trhy najviac „vystrašilo“ zníženie prognózy ekonomického rastu pre Nemecko …

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Komisia uverejňuje diskusný dokument Smerom k udržateľnej Európe do roku 2030

V rámci diskusie o budúcnosti Európy, ktorá sa začala bielou knihou Komisie z 1. marca 2017, Komisia uverejňuje diskusný dokument Smerom k udržateľnej Európe do roku 2030. Dokument oznámený v nadväznosti na prejav o stave Únie 2017, ktorý predniesol predseda Juncker, je súčasťou pevného záväzku EÚ realizovať ciele OSN v oblasti trvalo udržateľného rozvoja (CUR) vrátane …

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Kódex správania EÚ prináša úspešné výsledky

Zo štvrtého hodnotenia kódexu správania EÚ vyplýva, že táto iniciatíva Komisie prináša úspešné výsledky. Spoločnosti IT v súčasnosti posudzujú 89 % označeného obsahu do 24 hodín, a 72 % obsahu, ktorý sa považuje za nezákonný nenávistný prejav, sa odstráni, pričom v roku 2016, keď sa kódex prijal, bolo posúdených 40 % označeného obsahu a k odstráneniu došlo v …

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Europoslanci podporili návrh, aby sa poľnohospodárstve využívalo viac odpadovej vody

Voda je čoraz vzácnejšia a to i v Európe. Európsky parlament podporil návrh na to, aby sa poľnohospodárstve využívalo viac odpadovej vody.  Nedostatok vody v posledných rokoch trápi čoraz viac regiónov v Európe. Ohrozená je najmä oblasť Stredomoria, no následky sucha pociťujeme už aj na Slovensku. Voda je sa stáva vzácnejšou kvôli viacerým faktorom, ako …

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Slovenské hospodárstvo nepríjemne prekvapilo. Ekonomika výrazne spomalila

BRATISLAVA / Slovenské hospodárstvo nepríjemne prekvapilo odborníkov. Ekonomika výrazne spomalila a dokonca viac ako sa očakávalo. Nemôžeme si za to sami. Situácia u nás len odráža to, čo sa deje za našimi hranicami. Rast nemeckej ekonomiky sa napríklad zastavil úplne. Nepríjemne prekvapení ostali ekonómovia potom, čo štatistický úrad zverejnil rýchly odhad nášho rastu za posledný kvartál …

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Róbert Hajšel: Prečo sú voľby do Európskeho parlamentu dôležité

BRATISLAVA / Do volieb Európskeho parlamentu zostáva 100 dní. Demokratické priame voľby poslancov Európskeho parlamentu sa uskutočňujú v členských krajinách EÚ od roku 1979, vždy po piatich rokoch systémom pomerného zastúpenia. Čo to znamená? Viac o eurovoľbách prezradí Robert Hajšel, riaditeľ kancelárie Európskeho parlamentu na Slovensku. Demokratické priame voľby do EP sa konajú v členských krajinách …

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Ján Rudolf: V prípade eurofondov na Slovensku zlyháva výhradne ľudský faktor

BRUSEL / Objem peňazí Európskej únie, ktoré Slovensko nevyužilo do konca minulého roka a môže o ne prísť, zatiaľ nie je oficiálne známy. Predbežnú sumu prepadnutých zdrojov EÚ v utorok neuviedlo ani Ministerstvo financií SR. “Vyhodnocovanie čerpania jednotlivých operačných programov programového obdobia 2014 – 2020 za uplynulý rok prebieha v súlade s legislatívou Európskej komisie (nariadenie …

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Koniec diskriminácie používateľov platobných služieb v krajinách EÚ, ktorých menou nie je euro

Banky v krajinách EÚ mimo eurozóny by mali spoplatňovať platby v domácej mene rovnako ako cezhraničné platby v eurách a konverzné poplatky by sa mali sprehľadniť. Vyplýva to z textu nariadenia, ktorý pomerom hlasov 532 (za): 22 (proti): 55 (zdržalo sa hlasovania) schválil Európsky parlament. Nová legislatíva by mala ukončiť diskrimináciu používateľov platobných služieb v …

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Zloženie misie EP na kontrolu čerpania eurofondov v agrosektore bolo podľa Pellegriniho nevyvážené

BRATISLAVA – Zloženie misie Európskeho parlamentu na kontrolu čerpania eurofondov v agrosektore na Slovensku bolo podľa premiéra Petra Pellegriniho nevyvážené. Predsedu vlády sa na misiu pýtal počas parlamentnej Hodiny otázok opozičný poslanec Ondrej Dostál (SaS), ktorého zaujímalo, čo hovorí na to, že delegácia z Bruselu sa necítila na Slovensku vítaná a vyjadrovania predstaviteľov štátu označili …

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Mike Pence vyzval spojencov v Európe, aby odstúpili od jadrovej dohody s Iránom

VARŠAVA – Americký viceprezident Mike Pence vyzval spojencov USA v Európe, aby odstúpili od jadrovej dohody s Iránom z roku 2015. Počas prejavu na varšavskej konferencii o Blízkom východe tiež vyhlásil, že “Irán je najväčším sponzorom terorizmu”. Uviedol, že Veľká Británia, Francúzsko a Nemecko vytvorili špeciálny finančný mechanizmus, ktorý je podľa Washingtonu zameraný na “prelomenie” …

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Britský parlament odmietol podporiť brexitové jednanie May

LONDÝN / Britská Dolná snemovňa odmietla podporiť premiérku Theresu May v jej snahe upraviť podmienky takzvanej írskej poistky v brexitovej dohode. Na dohode, vrátane írskej poistky, sa dohodla ešte predtým s Európskou úniou. Dokument bol britským parlamentom ale odmietnutý. Britský parlament neschválil uznesenie o podpore brexitových jednaní premiérky. Hlasovanie média označovali za symbolické, pre May je …

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M. Šimečka: Slovensko by sa v EÚ mohlo stať lídrom v transformácii automobilového priemyslu alebo spravodlivosti

Slovensko sa ani po takmer 15 rokoch členstva v EÚ necíti ako sebavedomá európska krajina. Pritom na to máme a existuje mnoho príkladov, keď sa aj menšie krajiny stali lídrami v dôležitých témach. Príkladom môže byť Estónsko v IT oblasti, alebo Fínsko v školstve. Myslí si to podpredseda politického hnutia Progresívne Slovensko a zároveň kandidát na europoslanca Michal Šimečka. Ako sa …

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Záborská a Škripek podporujú Mikloška za prezidenta

Slovenskí europoslanci Anna Záborská a Branislav Škripek dnes vyjadrili podporu Františkovi Mikloškovi ako kandidátovi na úrad prezidenta Slovenskej republiky. “František Mikloško je kandidát, ktorého pozná celé Slovensko. Každý vie, kto je, aké má postoje a ako by sa správal ako prezident. Jeho občianske postoje aj politická zrelosť sú zárukou, že na čele štátu by stál skutočný …

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NATO: Ministri obrany diskutujú o budúcnosti afganskej misie

BRUSEL – Ministri obrany členských štátov NATO diskutujú vo štvrtok v Bruseli o budúcnosti operácie aliancie v Afganistane, ako aj o tom, ako čo najlepšie využiť jej vojenskú prítomnosť na podporu politických rokovaní zameraných na ukončenie dlhoročného krvavého konfliktu. Americký prezident Donald Trump, frustrovaný z najdlhšej vojny USA v novodobej histórii, chce z Afganistanu stiahnuť …

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Ivan Štefanec: Slovenské výrobky budú mať na európskych trhoch menej prekážok

Európsky parlament dnes schválil nové pravidlá o umiestňovaní výrobkov na spoločnom európskom trhu. Certifikáty, ktoré vydá jeden členský štát budú odteraz platiť v celej Európskej únii. Spravodajcom návrhu bol slovenský europoslanec Ivan Štefanec (KDH). „Doteraz sa stávalo, že aj slovenskí výrobcovia mali problémy, keď chceli svoj tovar predávať napríklad v Nemecku. Tamojšie úrady ich nútili absolvovať certifikačné procesy, …

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EÚ sa zhodla na reforme autorského práva. Autori a umelci budú mať silnejšiu vyjednávaciu pozíciu

Silnejšia pozícia tvorcov a vydavateľov pri vyjednávaniach s internetovými gigantmi a zachovanie internetu ako priestoru so slobodou prejavu. Zrodila sa dohoda na digitálnom autorskom práve. Znenie novej legislatívy, na ktorom sa v stredu v noci neformálne dohodli vyjednávači Európskeho parlamentu a Rady (ministrov) EÚ, by malo rozšíriť pôsobnosť ustanovení autorského práva EÚ na internet. Nové …

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Monika Beňová: Ochrana ovzdušia nemôže zostávať len na papieri

Posledný deň tohto týždňového plenárneho zasadnutia Európskeho parlamentu bude venovaný aj problematike ochrany ovzdušia. Lepšia kvalita ovzdušia má pozitívny vplyv na ľudské zdravie a obmedzenie výskytu niektorých zdravotných ťažkostí. „To následne ovplyvňuje aj znižovanie nákladov na služby súvisiace so zdravotnou starostlivosťou,“ uviedla poslankyňa Európskeho parlamentu Monika Beňová. Doterajšie opatrenia na ochranu zdravia ľudí pred znečistením ovzdušia …

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Európskej únii veríme, no jej výhody si neuvedomujeme, vyplýva z prieskumu

BRATISLAVA / Nadpolovičná väčšina Slovákov dôveruje Európskej únii, no jej výhody mnohí z nás už vlastne ani nevnímajú. Vyplýva to z výsledkov posledného prieskumu verejnej mienky, Eurobarometer, ktorý pre Európsku komisiu vypracovala agentúra Focus. Anketári sa pýtali 1013 ľudí otázky, ktorými chceli zistiť ako obyvatelia vnímajú aktuálnu situáciu na Slovensku, ale aj to ako sa pozerajú …

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New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of tomorrow
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EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees
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Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms' trading practices
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Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
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Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients' safety
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Winter 2019 Economic Forecast: growth moderates amid global uncertainties
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European Parliament approves more transparency and efficiency in its internal rules
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Code of Practice against disinformation: Commission calls on signatories to intensify their efforts
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Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
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Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU and outlines steps to address them
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European Commission adopts adequacy decision on Japan, creating the world's largest area of safe data flows
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The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

“InvestEU”: MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and growth
Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis.

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure
Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament.

Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy
The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the priorities of the Romanian presidency and plans for negotiations on the next long-term EU budget. Ministers also exchanged views on disinformation. 

Main results of the Environment Council
Environment ministers reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. They agreed on the Council position on the text and set the first-ever EU targets for CO2 emissions of trucks. 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
The Council was updated on the state of play on the clean energy package, the Connecting Europe Facility and the gas directive. Ministers held a first exchange of views on the Commission's strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy. 

Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries
This annual report shows that the visa liberalisation requirements for the concerned countries continue to be met but that action – in some cases immediate – is required for a number of countries in specific areas to ensure this continues to be the case. 

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019
This year's report shows that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S. 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019, and had an exchange of views on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform package and the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy. 

Africa-Europe Alliance: first projects kicked off just three months after launch
Only two months after the launch of the Africa–Europe Alliance, the European Commission is presenting first progress on boosting investment and creating jobs in Africa. 

Main results of the European Council
The European Council on 13-14 December 2018 adopted conclusions on the MFF, the single market, migration and other items, namely external relations, climate change, security and defence, disinformation, the fight against racism and xenophobia and citizens' consultations. 

Plenary highlights: Japan deal, Sakharov Prize, terrorism, budget
MEPs backed a trade deal with Japan, awarded the Sakharov Prize to Oleg Sentsov and paid tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s terror attack in Strasbourg during December’s plenary session. 

Main results of the Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
The EU27 leaders held a special meeting of the European Council in Article 50 format to discuss Brexit. They reconfirmed the conclusions of 25 November 2018, in which they endorsed the withdrawal agreement and approved the political declaration. 

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement
The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement will remove almost all custom duties adding up to €1 billion annually for EU companies.

EU budget 2019 approved: focus on the young, innovation and migration
For next year’s budget, MEPs have secured better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers. Commitment appropriations for 2019 total €165.8 billion; payment appropriations total €148.2 billion.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework, prepared the December European Council and approved its 18-month programme. It also held a hearing on the rule of law in Poland and exchanged views under the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Hungary. 

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals
Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, but more efforts are needed.

Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention
MEPs want the European Food Safety Agency to publish safety studies before a product is authorised to go on to the market. The revised rules aim to make risk assessment more transparent and ensure that the studies used by EFSA to authorise a product to be put on the market are reliable, objective and independent. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed Iran focusing on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela and the dangerous increase of tensions in Ukraine.

Commission presents its response to Antisemitism and a survey showing Antisemitism is on the rise in the EU
The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's latest survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying: 85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its position on the regulation on European production and preservation orders for e-evidence in criminal matters. Ministers also agreed positions on the sales of goods directive and on the revision of so called Brussels IIa regulation. 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council reached a general approach on proposals for a regulation on establishing the European Labour Authority (ELA) and for a directive on carcinogens or mutagens at work. The Council also adopted a recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Member States and Commission to work together to boost artificial intelligence “made in Europe”
Delivering on its strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) adopted in April 2018 today the Commission presents a coordinated plan prepared with Member States to foster the development and use of AI in Europe. 

A Europe that Protects: The EU steps up action against disinformation
To protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020, the EU is presenting today an Action Plan to step up efforts to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond. 

Commission presents ways to further strengthen the euro's global role
In light of the upcoming European Council and Euro Summit in December, the Commission presents actions to strengthen the role of the euro in a changing world.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council endorsed the political agreement reached with the European Parliament on a package of risk reduction measures in the banking sector and adopted an action plan to better tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunication)

Commission calls on Leaders to pave the way for an agreement on a modern, balanced and fair EU budget for the future
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 13 and 14 December 2018, the Commission is taking stock of the encouraging progress made so far in the negotiations of the EU's next long-term budget and urging Leaders to keep up the momentum. 

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings
Taking stock of measures taken since 2015, the report highlights the main trends in trafficking in human beings and outlines remaining challenges that the EU and Member States must address as a matter of priority.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)

Main results of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina
G20 leaders met in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December 2018. They adopted a declaration focusing on the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and on gender equality. 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on the platform-to-business regulation and the general safety of vehicles regulation. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of the first €500 million of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine.

October 2018 - Euro area unemployment at 8.1% - EU28 at 6.7%

DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

New rules for temporary border controls within the Schengen area
Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs.

Commission reports on progress in risk reduction in the Banking Union
The Commission takes stock of the latest developments as regards risk reduction in the banking sector and progress towards an even more integrated and stable EU financial system.

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050
The European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. Ministers also took note of a progress report on a proposal for a new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.

Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU
EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU. 

Main results of the special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
EU27 leaders met for a special meeting of the European Council (Art.50) on Sunday 25 November 2018. They endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies and is referred to in the withdrawal agreement. 

The Juncker Plan at work: bringing investment back on track in Europe
In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch. 

State of Health in the EU: more protection and prevention for longer and healthier lives

European Semester Autumn Package: Bolstering inclusive and sustainable growth
Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the first time. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018. 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council agreed on the fishing opportunities for certain deep sea stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic, for 2019 and 2020. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Plenary highlights: cheaper calls, energy efficiency, Lux Film Prize, Angela Merkel
The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary. Woman at War won this year’s Lux Film Prize. 

October 2018 - Annual inflation up to 2.2% in the euro area - Also up to 2.2% in the EU

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations
The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. 

MEPs cap prices of calls within EU and approve emergency alert system
MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies. 

European Commission reports on progress in Bulgaria and Romania under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism
The European Commission issued its latest reports on steps taken by Bulgaria and Romania to meet their commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, and in the case of Bulgaria organised crime, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). 

Brexit: European Commission intensifies preparedness work and outlines contingency action plan in the event of a no deal scenario with the UK
The European Commission has published detailed information on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

Energy: new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency
Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council started preparations for the December European Council, discussed the next multiannual financial framework, held its annual rule of law dialogue and returned to the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Poland and Hungary. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed efforts to modernise WTO, the implementation of free trade agreements and latest developments in ongoing bilateral trade negotiations. 

November infringements package: key decisions

Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast: sustained but less dynamic growth amid high uncertainty
Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at 2.2% in 2018, 2.0% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020. 

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019
The Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year's fishing quotas.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan' initiative'

Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment
The Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the state of play of negotiations on the digital services tax, adopted conclusions on climate finance and discussed the implementation of the 2017 EU budget. 

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